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Living in Lockdown: Greenwich Coming Together - Essential Living

Living in Lockdown: Greenwich Coming Together

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The global pandemic has changed the world around us, switching up our daily routines and ‘business-as-usual’ lifestyles. Through all the hardships there has been some light at the end of the tunnel. News stories have showcased how local businesses have supported the community, whether through charitable donations or food delivery services to those in need.

That strong sense of community has been seen around our very own Union Wharf in Greenwich. Here are just a few businesses who have been champions during COVID-19, supporting Londoners near and afar.

Meantime Brewery

One of London’s most popular craft beer breweries, Meantime, switched to online orders only following the government’s announcement to close all non-essential businesses to the public in mid-March.

The Greenwich brewery closed the doors of their Tasting Rooms and postponed all behind-the-scenes tours until a later date. That didn’t stop the Meantime team from delivering cold beers to fridges across London though. The team have stayed busy crafting and packaging beers behind closed doors, helping to keep Londoners refreshed amid the recent hot weather during lockdown.

As shops slowly start to reopen, the brewery is set to welcome beer enthusiasts back to visit their brick-and-mortar beer shop on Blackwell Lane.

Follow Meantime @meantimebrewing

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is among the capital’s most bustling marketplaces. To maintain the buzz of the markets, things switched online with virtual shopping events via Greenwich Market’s Instagram stories.

Shoppers were invited to view goodies and offers from over 40 market traders and retailers on Instagram. The events ran on Fridays and Sundays in April and May, drawing a virtual crowd while the marketplace was unable to be open to the public.

If you’ve missed the delicious array of street food, you can now head back to Greenwich Market and pick up hot or cold food available for takeaway. The marketplace reopened 11th June with new social distancing and safety protocols in place to protect shoppers.

Follow Greenwich Market @greenwichmarket

Arapina Bakery

Amid lockdown, it was hard to miss the news stories about shelves wiped clean of flour, toilet roll, pasta and other essentials. That’s where Arapina Bakery stepped in to help. The Greenwich bakery opened up a ‘Grocery List’ service, inviting South East Londoners to fill out their online form to receive a box of essentials delivered to their door. For those that felt anxious visiting supermarkets or were unable to get a slot with a supermarket delivery service, Arapina Bakery’s ‘Grocery List’ was an invaluable service.

As well as these deliveries, the bakery remained open for takeaway food and virtual orders via UberEats and Deliveroo, ensuring no one had to go without brunch during the pandemic.

Follow Arapina Bakery @arapina_bakery

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Have you placed your order with us? Hurry up as we are fulfilling grocery orders for our local community. Simple steps: 1️⃣ Get your grocery list by emailing us at 2️⃣ fill in one of the left columns of the list with the quantities you would like and don’t forget the date on the top! Be sensible! 3️⃣ send it back by email, stating your telephone number and we will email you when your items will be ready for collection ❗️Payment takes place upon collection, ❗️Items are subject to availability, ❗️Currently 48hours wait, ❗️Collection from ARAPINA, 8 Little Thames Walk, ❗️Parking available, ❗️Hours for collection 9:00-17:00, 7 days a week ❗️Yes we have toilette rolls, pasta and flour ♥️ From the ARAPINA TEAM #notallheroswearcapes

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Crosstown Doughnuts

The popular London doughnut brand, Crosstown Doughnuts, partnered with a number of other London businesses during lockdown to create Crosstown Collective. The initiative saw independent makers St. JOHN Wines, The Estate Dairy, Millers Bakery, Caravan Coffee Roasters, Ted’s Veg, and Crosstown Doughnuts come together to craft grocery boxes and hampers for Londoners. Via their website you could buy a hamper of goodies and have it delivered free straight to your doorstep.

The doughnut brand also launched #operationdoughnation, letting you place a doughnut order on their website that would be donated and delivered to a NHS London hospital of your choice – a heartwarming (and sweet) gesture to NHS workers on the front lines.

As well as these good causes, you could also snap up a box of doughnuts for your own home desk, making the WFH situation a little bit brighter.

Follow Crosstown Doughnuts @crosstowndoughnuts

The Guildford Arms & Hand Made Food

Of a similar ilk to Arapina and Crosstown, Greenwich pub The Guildford Arms teamed up with Hand Made Food to create a food box delivery service. The chefs behind the much-loved pub worked closely with Hand Made Food to curate healthy food boxes and hearty meals available for order online.

Whether you wanted to pick up some groceries and essentials or wanted to take out the stress of cooking for yourself, their #feedingacommunity initiative offered an array of produce and pre-cooked meals.

Follow The Guildford Arms @guildfordarms_ and Hand Made Food @handmadefood_

Living in Greenwich

Whilst the pandemic has brought many strains on local businesses, it is inspiring to see how the Greenwich community has come together. From food delivery services to donations to NHS workers, we applaud the many independent stores that have adapted to these troubling times and brought hope to Londoners.

Have you seen another Greenwich business helping the local community throughout lockdown? Let us know by tweeting @EssLiving.

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